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A little self-care goes a long way

Self-care doesn't have to be an 'all or nothing' affair. Could you find 5 minutes to spare in the morning? Why not try this breathing activity to calm your mind and help you find focus for the day?


Start by finding a nice and comfortable position to sit in. This can be sitting cross-legged or with legs straight out on the floor or on a cushion, sitting on a chair with your knees bent and the soles of your feet on the floor, or whatever suits your needs. The main thing here is to have a straight back.


Find a comfortable position to sit in, with a straight back.

Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Inhale and exhale through your nose. Pay attention to your breath. See if it goes deeper with each inhale and slows down with each exhale.


Do 8 rounds of breathing like this, i.e. inhale and exhale 8 times.


Slowly open your eyes and resume normal breathing.


How did this make you feel? Try doing a quick scan of your body and mind. Do your shoulders feel more relaxed? Is your breathing slower? What about your mind? Is it going a million miles an hour thinking about the day ahead or do you feel a bit more balanced than before the exercise?


Try finding 5 minutes each morning for the next week to repeat this breathing activity and see if you feel different by the end of the week.


Enjoy!



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